iPod Chatter is Up

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 06:32
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Apple's iPod 4GThe amount of news surrounding the Apple iPod has been increasing almost exponentially. This week it was the Real Player compatibility announcement and now the Motorola phone deal.
What does this all mean? It means that time is critical for anyone trying to gain share in this market. Read on…….

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PocketDock With Line Out a Hit for DJs

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2004, 01:03
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PocketDock With Line OutIf you carry your iPod all the time you were probably as annoyed as I was when Apple switched the to proprietary “docking connector” in the 3G models. Suddenly the ability to use a standard FireWire cable with the iPod vanished and instead we got stuck with a proprietary connector. Yuck. I would invariably forget the 30-pin docking cable at the worst possible time. Now I simply leave the pocketdock in my PowerBook bag at all times. Read More…

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SkinTight Mini Armband Pumps You Up

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Date: Monday, July 26th, 2004, 10:13
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SkinTight Armband for iPod miniThe SkinTight Mini Arm Band (US$29.95) from Speck Products keeps your iPod safe and secure and is great for working out. When it came out in January I panned the iPod mini as too expensive for its small 4GB capacity. Since using a mini with the SkinTight Mini Armband I am a total mini convert. Read More…

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Use Your iPod as a Universal Remote

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Date: Monday, July 26th, 2004, 09:12
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iPod Universal RemoteAn Engadget features a tutorial on how to turn your iPod into an Universal Infrared Remote Control:

This week’s How-To is a fun one, we take an iPod and turn it in to a universal infrared remote control which can be used to control all your home electronic equipment, or just about anything that uses a remote control, for example in our place we have our iPod controlling our TV, DVD Player, Direct TV, Ultimate TV PVR, Media Center PC, Xbox, XM Satellite Radio, Roomba and a few other random things like a Robot.

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Original Apple AirPort Cards Becoming Extinct

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Date: Monday, July 26th, 2004, 08:17
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Apple AirPort Card 802.11bI checked everywhere and can’t find a new original AirPort card (802.11b) for sale. The prices on these elusive cards has doubled in the last two weeks. The Apple online store doesn’t have any and they are fetching as much as US$120 on eBay.
Small dog, MacConnection, MacMall, ClubMac, Apple Corte Madera and Bay Front retail stores, CDW, Marin Mac Shop, MacWireless.com, Fry’s/MacWarehouse, MacRepair, CompUSA and OWC have no AirPort cards.
Post in the comments if you have a source for the cards, or if you have a theory as to why they suddenly vanished.

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PowerBooks for Parrotheads

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Date: Saturday, July 24th, 2004, 11:57
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Jimmy Buffet with his PowerBookJimmy Buffets latest release “License to Chill” tops this weeks album charts. An article in USA Today online shows Jimmy relaxing beachside with his PowerBook.
Anyone want to give me odds that his PB’s name is “ParrotBook?”

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First Tri-Radio Device: HP iPAQ h6315 (Updated)

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Date: Friday, July 23rd, 2004, 07:24
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HP iPAQ h6315I’ve got to give credit where it’s due. The new HP iPAQ h6315 is a Windows Mobile 2003-based PDA/smartphone that is totally unique – it is the first mobile phone with WiFi available in the U.S. It is also the first mobile device with three radios built in: GSM/GPRS, WiFi and Bluetooth. Read More…

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In-Flight iPod Power

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Date: Friday, July 23rd, 2004, 07:06
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I visited Tokyo last week and found Akihabara to be rather scaled down compared to the good old days (say 10 years ago), although there is a great deal of construction underway in the area.
On the Mac front, I found a very nice mini-mini charger for the iPod and a retractable cable for same. I have still not found anyone who makes an airline-to-iPod cable. It would NOT have to charge the iPod, just run it, like Madsonline’s Empower PowerBook does.
I would even pay to have one custom made using and existing docking cable and adding the Empower plug. I assume little if any electronics is required?

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Good Coverage vs. Cool Mobile Phones: The Mobile Carrier Debate

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Date: Friday, July 23rd, 2004, 01:14
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Sony Ericsson P910I am at a crossroads with my mobile phone coverage right now. The problem is that I love GSM on T-Mobile because of their cool phones, but I am getting a little tired of the spotty coverage area. I really want to switch to Verizon Wireless for the excellent coverage but their phones kinda blow. Read More and let me know your solution to the dearth of Bluetooth iSync phones…

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AT&T Wireless 3G and Mac OS X

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Date: Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, 23:15
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AT&T announced that they are now offering true 3G UMTS (WCDMA) wireless in Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Detroit. Claimed speeds are 220-320 K with bursts to 384K. They are offering two 3G headsets, a Motorola and a Nokia, as well as a UMTS PC card modem by Novatel. This modem doesn’t support OS X out of the box, but Nova Media out of germany offers a software solution. The AT&T Unlimited Wireless Data plan is offered at $80/month. I live in Seattle, so I’m stoked :)
According to PhoneScoop:

The service is priced at $25/month for unlimited mMode data access, (in addition to a standard voice plan,) and $80/month for full unlimited data. The company is offering the Nokia 6651 and Motorola A845 phones for $300 each, and a Lucent / Novatel data card for $150 after rebates. Both phones include Bluetooth and VGA cameras with video capture. The company plans to expand the service to Dallas and San Diego by the end of the year.

Can some readers in the above cities chime in here? We’re all longing for the good old days of Ricochet :)

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